About Us

Back row (l to r): Ben (son), Martha (daughter), Paul (son), Miriam (daughter), Seth (son) Front row (l to r): Kate (Ben’s wife) holding their son, Trisha (Paul’s wife) holding their son, Winifred (mom/grandma) holding daughter of Paul and Trisha, Shawna (Seth’s wife) holding their daughter

The Hoffman Family

Who We Are

We are family dairy breeders with a passion for practical, profitable grazing cows, and we want to help you find the best genetics for your grass dairy or homestead. Read more about our family in our blog post.

Our Breeds

We raise heritage Dutch Belted and Milking Shorthorn cattle for their ability to easily convert grass into milk.

How It All Started

Since 1936, our family has been breeding cattle on our prairie farm in Illinois, and we are honored to continue that legacy as we move forward. For more about our history as breeders, see our blog here.


What Can You Expect From Us?

  • Personal service from our family to yours
  • Excellent semen quality
  • Long-term commitment and availability
  • Mating advice from our years of breeding experience


What Can You Expect From Our Genetics?

    • Fertility
    • Calving ease
    • Freedom from metabolic disorders like milk fever and ketosis
    • Good milk production even without grain
    • Body capacity for forage utilization
    • Great feet and legs, with hoof-trimming rarely needed
    • Moderate, practical size


General Traits of our Milking Shorthorns

  • Sturdier than the mainstream Milking Shorthorns
  • Easy-fleshing for better outwintering
  • Excellent beef yield on steers
  • Easy-going disposition
  • Dairy strength
  • Clean-cut yet not frail
  • Well-attached udders that last
  • Many are polled, some homozygous (100% dehorner of calves)
  • Cows weigh 950–1400 pounds
  • Butterfat range: 3.5–4.2%
  • Protein range: 3.0–3.7%
    • (Butterfat and protein varies between individuals and feeding programs)

General Traits of our Dutch Belted

  • Incredible longevity
  • Excellent breeding back
  • Early maturity
  • Silky udders with little edema
  • Slender but rugged
  • Mobility and agility
  • Assertive and energetic
  • Smaller frame than Milking Shorthorns (Dutch Belts usually weigh 800–1200 lbs)
  • Special milk quality with high cheese yield
  • Butterfat range: 3.0–4.2%
  • Protein range: 3.0–3.5%
    • (Butterfat and protein varies between individuals and feeding programs)

You can read an in-depth comparison of the breeds here.